We know it can be very distressing when you are suffering with poor mental health - you may not know what you need to do, or what sort of help is available or whom you need to approach.
We have therefore set up this page to point you in the right direction.
We've seen a huge increase in the numbers of patients whose mental health and wellbeing have been affected due to the current situation.
We have developed this page to help all our patients suffering with low mood, anxiety and other mental health issues.
Please follow the guidance on this page to start to get the help that you need.
Please look after your physical and mental health as best you can. We realise this is very difficult in this situation but it gives you the best chances at recovery.
Try to eat a healthy diet. Try to go to bed on time. Try and keep your mind active with interests and hobbies. Try not to smoke or drink alcohol too much. Talk to friends and family. Get outdoors for fresh air and sunshine to help clear the head.
Please consider self-referring to free NHS counselling . Studies have shown talking therapies (with or without medication) has the best chance of successful recovery.
Counselling helps you to find answers to your condition and gives you to the tools to be able to help yourself, now and in the future.
Follow doctor's directions on starting medication. Common side effects include headache, nausea, dizziness, sweating, stomach disturbances, but most people are fine, and symptoms tend to settle within a week.
Please book a review appointment before you run out and never stop tablets suddenly. When stable and considering coming off, contact us and we will advise on how to do it safely..
If you need to talk to someone straight away any time of day or night, you can ring the Derbyshire Mental Health Helpline and Support Service on 0800 028 0077 .
This is a freephone service available to everyone living in Derbyshire - both children and adults. It is open 24 hours a day every day.
If applicable, please check out dementia support.
You will also find details of specialist sexual abuse support.
Poor sleep or difficulties in getting off to sleep or early wakening or lying there thinking about things can be features of your condition. Lack of sleep affects our performance, decision making, thinking processes and makes us muddled and feel unwell.
Please visit our help and support section advice on getting better sleep.
Call 999 , or go to A&E now if your or someone else's life is at immediate risk - for example you have seriously injured yourself or are going to, or you have taken an overdose or you do not feel you can keep yourself or someonel else safe.
If you need help in a crisis or are at imminent risk of self-harm, please do seek help - you're not alone.
You can ring us , contact 111 , dial 999 , speak to Samaritans , present yourself to the nearest A&E, speak to your counsellor, your CPN, the crisis team (if you are under their care) or confide in a trusted friend or relative. Urgent help online is also available .
We realise everything may be very overwhelming and you don't know what to do or where to start. Please do take the time to read through this page and then try and slowly work through the information above and contacts below. Get in touch if you still have difficulties.
If you need to get to this page again, please use the shortcut ivy.gs/mentalhealth.
You can self-refer to any of these services without seeing or speaking to a GP first
Bookmark this page in your browser by pressing CTRL and D or type the shortcut ivy.gs/mentalhealth
Please see our index of services you can self-refer to or type the shortcut ivy.gs/selfrefer or ivy.gs/index
© Dr Michael Wong 2021